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Games, Motivation, and Learning: A Research and Practice Model

Games, Motivation, and Learning: A Research and Practice Model Although most agree that games can be engaging and that games can be instructive, there is little consensus regarding the essential characteristics of instructional games. Implicit in the research literature is the notion that if we pair instructional content with certain game features, we can harness the power of games to engage users and achieve desired instructional goals. In this article, the authors present an input-processoutput model of instructional games and learning that elaborates (a) the key features of games that are of interest from an instructional perspective; (b) the game cycle of user judgments, behavior, and feedback that is a hallmark of engagement in game play; and (c) the types of learning outcomes that can be achieved. The authors discuss the implications of this approach for the design and implementation of effective instructional games. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Simulation & Gaming: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theory, Practice and Research SAGE

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SAGE
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Copyright © by SAGE Publications
ISSN
1046-8781
eISSN
1552-826X
DOI
10.1177/1046878102238607
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Abstract

Although most agree that games can be engaging and that games can be instructive, there is little consensus regarding the essential characteristics of instructional games. Implicit in the research literature is the notion that if we pair instructional content with certain game features, we can harness the power of games to engage users and achieve desired instructional goals. In this article, the authors present an input-processoutput model of instructional games and learning that elaborates (a) the key features of games that are of interest from an instructional perspective; (b) the game cycle of user judgments, behavior, and feedback that is a hallmark of engagement in game play; and (c) the types of learning outcomes that can be achieved. The authors discuss the implications of this approach for the design and implementation of effective instructional games.

Journal

Simulation & Gaming: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theory, Practice and ResearchSAGE

Published: Dec 1, 2002

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